His tchoukball foundations were built at Limeta eight seasons ago in 2011 and he’s remained with the club ever since. He’s previously played beach tchoukball but decided to take it more seriously after he gave up athletics.
Nanguita Antonioli was introduced to Tchoukball in 2009 by current teammate Gaël Sieber and now plays for Swiss club La Chaux-de-Fonds. Two years later she found herself in the junior Swiss national team, progressing through to the senior squad soon after, and has represented Switzerland in the European Championships from 2014 to present, captaining their 2016 team. Antonioli’s club have placed second and first in the European Tchoukball Silver Cups in 2017 and 2018 respectively, so it is fair to say that the right-handed defender spends her life dedicated to this unique sport.
This week, we bring our attention to Jack Leitch, 28, right-shooter and a star in the making for the UK Super League team Bury Kings. Despite not yet playing for the UK national team, Bury St. Edmunds player Jack Leitch is certainly one to watch. The 28-year-old shooter first picked up tchoukball in 2011 as a way to blow off steam on a Friday night after lectures, playing centre pivot for Portsmouth University, before that idea was laughed off by teammate Andrew Cummins.
Italian-born Claudia Alessio marks her 10-year anniversary playing tchoukball in no better way than with her first attendance at the European Winners’ Cup this year in Radevormwald. The 27-year-old will be playing with Saronno Castor for the first time this year, having previously been a long-standing member of Bergamo TB, one of the oldest in Italy before it’s closure this year. Alessio has been a member of the National team since 2014, representing Italy at ETC 2016 and 2018 and the Geneva Indoors from 2015-17. With the national team, the right-hander usually plays as a left shooter, but for Saronno Castor, Alessio makes for a solid defender.